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handkerchief skirt

tzipi | Posted in Patterns on

Has anyone out there made a handkerchief skirt, ie, a square piece of material with a semicircle cut from one corner and then wrapped around? Or does one take a square and cut a hole out of the center? Anyone knowledgeable about this? Thanks




  1. suesew | | #1

    5 feet of 60" fabric (which is a square) can be used to cut a handkerchief skirt. I used a tight straight skirt pattern for the top, cut it off at the proper length, measured that edge and cut the hole to fit, Just remember that you have the cut the hole smaller than you need - this adds seam allowance,

    1. tzipi | | #2

      thanks for your advice. I have a few more questions. Where do you cut the hole ? In the middle? Do you fold the fabric twice and cut the folded corner and that 's where you place the upper pattern of a skirt?


      Thanks again, Tzipi

      1. suesew | | #3

        I made the upper part of the skirt first like an elongated yoke - mine measures l0" finished. Then I measured the bottom raw edge of that. Say it's 40". You need to cut the hole in the center of the 5 ' piece to match that, I folded my fabric twice (which gives me four layers) and measured a 10" quarter circle from folded edge to folded edge. But then you have to add the seam allowance back on. If you cut out a 40" hole it won't fit together, you have to put the seam allowance back on before you cut. Then I staystitched at the 40" line and clipped the seam and it all went together quite easily. I would sew with the handerchief part of the skirt on the bottom so any fullness is eased in. I would also start sewing just after a side seam so you can fine tune the fit as you sew them together. If something doesn't fit perfectly then you could take in or let out the side seam a tiny bit to get it to fit together just right. Hope this makes sense. Happy sewing, Sue

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